Busch Trio - Biography

Busch Trio © Alexander Popelier

Busch Trio

Mathieu van Bellen - violin

Ori Epstein - violoncello

Omri Epstein - piano

Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, this young piano trio has emerged as the leading British piano trio among the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the UK and Europe. Winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the trio went on to win several prizes including 2nd prize and the recording prize at the 2012 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition and the 3rd prize at the 2013 Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition in Italy as well as the 2nd prize at the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt. In 2016, the ensemble has been awarded the Kersjesprijs, the most important music award of The Netherlands.

The trio enjoys the support of the Tunnell Trust, the Kirckman Concert Society and the Park Lane Group. Most recently they have completed the prestigious ChamberStudio Mentorship Programme, which has offered them teaching from some of the world’s leading musicians. They are currently receiving guidance from members of the Artemis Quartet at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.

Since its formation in 2012 the trio has performed in places such as Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Two Moors Festival and Northern Chords Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Sage Gateshead, and in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark. Their recent Wigmore Hall debut was received to critical acclaim and hailed as a “memorable performance showing The Busch Ensemble’s incredible unity, abundant facility and deep musical understanding”.

After a tour of China and concerts in Cologne, at London’s Kings Place and Wigmore Hall, the Bozar Brussels, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in Würzburg (Mozartfest) and at the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte, the trio will perform in Bonn, Heidelberg, Freiburg, return to Amsterdam and debut at the Louvre in Paris and at New York’s Morgan Library.

The Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel has recently invited the trio to become one of their ensembles in residence and enrol in their prestigious course under the guidance of Artemis Quartet.

As soloists in their own right Omri Epstein, Mathieu van Bellen and Ori Epstein have won prizes in international competitions. Brought together by a shared deep passion for chamber music and inspired by Mathieu’s possession of the “ex-Adolf Busch” J.B. Guadagnini violin (Turin, 1783), they have been recognized for their achievements and playing of “incredible verve”.

After the debut CD with Dvorak’s piano trios op. 65 and op. 90 a recording of his piano quartets with Miguel da Silva has just been released (Alpha/Outhere).